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IDRC funds research activities that are designed to directly benefit developing countries and their citizens. Our approach focuses on collaborative partnerships and projects proposed by research institutions and individuals. 
 
To build a critical mass of knowledge in our priority areas, we fund individual research projects as well as larger research programs in collaboration with other donors.
 
We mainly support developing-country researchers. There are opportunities, however, for joint research projects between developing-country institutions and Canadian or international researchers and institutions. Our Canadian Partnerships program also supports research and related activities at Canadian institutions.
 
We also offer fellowships and awards to both Canadian and developing-country graduate students.
 
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Latest Results

A smartphone application developed with IDRC support is helping primary animal health workers (PAHWs) in Laos PDR to quickly and accurately answer questions and treat poultry. The app is also helping farmers raise healthier animals and improve their...
Using smartphones to improve animal health and food securityCharting the future of Canada's humanitarian responseExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfareMainstreaming gender issues in livestock research

Latest Results

From refugee camps in Jordan and Sudan, to natural disasters in Haiti and Pakistan, to famines from the Sahel to the Horn of Africa, conflicts and natural disasters occurring in the last several decades have pushed the global humanitarian system to...
Using smartphones to improve animal health and food security Charting the future of Canada's humanitarian responseExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfareMainstreaming gender issues in livestock research

Latest Results

Livestock ownership plays a vital role in ensuring that households have a more diversified, higher-protein diet. But research has shown that the extent to which livestock contributes to food security depends on household dynamics — whether women own...
Using smartphones to improve animal health and food securityCharting the future of Canada's humanitarian response Examining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfareMainstreaming gender issues in livestock research

Latest Results

Women's participation in livestock markets can help improve their welfare and that of their families. Understanding how and why women participate can help identify ways of increasing their participation and the benefits. Research on this issue...
Using smartphones to improve animal health and food securityCharting the future of Canada's humanitarian responseExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food security Participating in markets can help improve women’s welfareMainstreaming gender issues in livestock research

Latest Results

While women make up more than 40% of the agricultural labour force in developing countries, they control less land than men and are less likely to use purchased inputs such as fertilizers. They also participate less in agricultural markets as a...
Using smartphones to improve animal health and food securityCharting the future of Canada's humanitarian responseExamining the links between livestock ownership, gender, and food securityParticipating in markets can help improve women’s welfare Mainstreaming gender issues in livestock research
Who Can Apply
IDRC funds researchers in the developing world so they can build healthier, more prosperous societies
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